Introducing the new Global Talent Visa

27th February 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Explanation of the new Global Talent Visa and what it means for Oxford tech businesses

About this Event

A panel with Tech Nation and current visa holders Lisa Gray, Jessica Mendoza, Issam Abu-aisheh, Akram Dweikat

Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) is proudly hosting Tech Nation for a panel discussion regarding the new Global Talent Visa (otherwise known as the Tech Nation Visa) on 27th February, 7 days after its official government launch.

On 20th Feb 2020, the UK government will be renaming the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa to the Global Talent Visa. The Global Talent Visa offers a route for the world’s brightest minds to work in the UK, also removing the previous cap of 2,000 Tier 1 visas per annum. This 5-year visa does not require an applicant to have a job in the UK before entry.

Join us to learn more about the Tech Nation application and endorsement process and how the changes might affect you. We’ll be hearing from Tech Nation Visa ambassadors and there will be opportunity for questions with the Tech Nation team and their legal partners Kemp Little, Kingsley Napley and Lewis Silkin who will be on hand on the night to answer any technical questions you may have about applying for a Tech Nation Visa.

Please arrive at 5.45pm at Grassroots, OSI’s incubator space. The panel will take place 6.15-8pm and will be followed by drinks and canapes.

The panel:
Lisa Gray – Founder at Black Meteor. Lisa is an award-winning Executive Producer content creator with extensive experience across both television and multiplatform technologies
Jessica Mendoza – Founder and CEO of Monadd. Jessica is an entrepreneur, spreaker and writer and she now leads a team who have a smart way of updating your home address across your service providers.
Issam Abu-aiseh- Issam is an Oxford MBA Alumni with a background in investments, diversified industries and tech.
Akram Dweikat – Head of Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence at Daemon Solutions.

This event welcomes:
CEOs/founders and Chief People Officers
Potential applicants considering their options
Local immigration specialists who need to provide advice locally
Local stakeholders who would like to learn more about visa options


Tech Nation is a government-funded organisation that helps UK-based ambitious tech entrepreneurs to scale. They support founders by providing a highly-curated peer-to-peer network as well as providing relevant support is needed depending on the stage of a business. It’s free and they take no equity. Tech Nation is the Home Office Endorsing Body authorised to assess endorsement applications for the visa.

Oxford Sciences Innovation is a £600m venture capital firm that invests in world-leading science and technology spin-outs from the University of Oxford. Backed by GV, Sequoia, Temasek, Tencent and Wellcome Trust among several global investors, OSI has been helping Oxford scientists address the world’s leading challenges, from infectious disease to sustainable energy since 2015.

Tech Nation Visa guidance –

You can read through Tech Nation’s user-friendly guide for the visa and visit the official visa route guidance which must be consulted before making an application. The timings are usually 8 weeks for Application for Endorsement (Stage 1) and up to three weeks for the Visa application (Stage 2), depending on personal circumstances.
For details, link here:


27th February 2020
5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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